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Archive for October 2018

Wednesday’s show: A chat with Leslie Eastman of Legal Insurrection & Dr. Martin Fricke, author

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October 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Wednesday’s video: A word about the midterms.

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October 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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We need the ‘birthright’ debate

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President Trump may or may not have the legal authority to issue an executive order about “birthright citizenship”.  Nevertheless, we need the debate in the U.S.  We need an honest discussion about “birthrights” and women who come here to have a baby.

The numbers are big.  According to a 2015 report by Numbers USA, 4.5 million people living in the US  were babies born to illegal immigrants.  The cost is $ 2.4 billion, according to another report.

As a legal immigrant, with naturalized U.S. citizenship, I believe that this “birthright” issue is being abused.    

So let’s have a debate and please don’t call me “racista” for saying so.  Let’s ask these questions:

1) Does “birthright” promote illegal immigration?  Has the word gone out to go north, have your baby and then get citizenship?  Yes, it promotes illegal, not legal immigration.

2)  Can states and communities afford the health care costs?  My guess is no.  My second guess is that many voters would like to vote on this rather than have judges issue opinions one way or another.

3) What about the 14th Amendment?  I don’t believe that it is correct to use this amendment to support the birth of a baby born to a woman, often unmarried, who is in the country illegally.  So let’s have a debate and let the Supreme Court clarify the issue.

Again, President Trump may not have the authority to end “birthright” by executive order.  We need the debate.  We need for members of the U.S. Congress to vote “yes or no” on this issue.

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October 31, 2018 at 6:36 am

Tuesday’s show: A chat about “Sears” with Frank Burke, author & businessman

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Guest:  Frank Burke, author, businessman & contributor to American Thinker……..We will look back at the story of “Sears” from the catalogs to retail giants to bankruptcy…………and other stories……..Click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2018/10/30/a-chat-about-sears-with-frank-burke-author-businessman

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October 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Tuesday’s video: Yes let’s have a debate about “birthright citizenship”

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October 30, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Two earthquakes in South America

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Late Sunday night. I was online looking for vote results in Brazil.  I also learned that there was a real 6.3 – scale earthquake down in Argentina.

In reality, the Brazil earthquake, the large victory by Jair Bolsonaro, got more attention.  His numbers were huge in a huge country:   55.54% of the popular vote!

The response was predictable.  The left is calling him a right-winger, and some even fascist:  Far-right congressman Bolsonaro wins presidential election in Brazil!

An hour ago, I shared that headline by phone with a friend in Sao Paulo.  He laughed and said something like, we’re all fascists today!  And then he laughed some more.

The Atlantic is asking:  Can Brazil’s Democracy Withstand Jair Bolsonaro?

My reaction is simple.  What planet have the people at the Atlantic been living in?  Has anybody there walked in a Rio or Sao Paulo street?  Have any of them spoken to a small businessman in Brazil?  A small businessman struggling to understand the government regulations created to benefit the crony capitalist trio of big government, big labor, and big companies.   A mother who is afraid to send her children to school.  

Let me be honest.  Lula and the left did not create corruption.  Nevertheless, they were really good at it, especially in buying votes in the poor areas promising stuff that the country can’t afford.

So here we are.  Brazil has a new president and he has serious challenges ahead of him,  the underperforming economy in particular.

I would recommend the following the president-elect:

1) Go hard against the criminal elements.  They are a threat to everyone, especially the poor who can’t put gates around their homes or hire bodyguards.  If necessary, occupy these districts and impose martial law.  My friends tell me that the troops will be greeted as liberators.

2) Take the lead and call on the OAS to do something about Venezuela.   At the moment, the Brazil-Venezuela border is a problem.  Do what no other leader of Latin America has the courage to do.  Identify Maduro as a threat to all.

We wish the president-elect well.  However, the left does not go away easily, as we’ve seen in Argentina.

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October 30, 2018 at 7:56 am

Monday’s show: Bolsonaro won, US troops to the border & other thoughts

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Bolsonaro won big in Brazil…..A couple of suggestions for President elect Bolsonaro…..Troops to the US Mexico border……..Michigan and New Jersey possible for GOP?……and more stories…....Click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2018/10/29/bolsonaro-won-us-troops-to-the-border-other-thoughts

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October 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

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Monday’s video: A couple of ideas for Bolsonaro

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October 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

The Cuban version of capitalism is not working

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The Cuban regime needs dollars or other froms of hard currency desperately.  At the same time, they are not making it possible for Cubans to participate in foreign investment ventures.  Therefore, the money comes in and leaves the island. 

As we saw in the Miami Herald :   

The Havana Consulting Group, based in Miami, has estimated that in 2017 more than 48,000 Cubans made an average of 11.5 trips abroad to buy merchandise. The value of that activity far surpasses the foreign investments that the Cuban government has managed to attract to the Mariel special development zone — barely $265 million in 2017.

Havana Consulting has estimated more than $2 billion may leave the country with the Cuban shoppers, about the same amount that the Cuban government estimates it needs in foreign investment per year.

The Cuban government “is not taking advantage… of the large amount of hard currency that these businesspeople generate, compared to the drought of hard currency faced by state companies and the central government administration, which has forced the government to drastically reduce the purchase of raw materials abroad and led to its failure to pay many providers,” Havana Consulting President Emilio Morales wrote in a report.

The $2.39 billion that Morales estimates leaves the country winds up abroad with airlines, hotels, drivers, shop owners and the companies that ship packages to Cuba.

Many Cuban business owners also have managed to obtain residence in the United States, Spain and other countries, which allows them to buy properties and obtain loans and credits that they use to finance businesses on the island…

But the government allows all that money to seep out of Cuba because of its ambivalent attitude toward the private sector, experts say.

I am not sure that it’s ambivalence about the private sector.   The real answer is that they are scared to death that all of these joint ventures will make Cubans prosperous, independent of government, and suddenly turn them into capitalists.  Also, Cubans will start having meetings with foreigners about their business ventures and government will not be around to know what’s going on.

Cuba is ambivalent about the private sector because it is ambivalent about freedom.

The story is still the same.  You can bury Fidel and talk about reforms.  However, you can’t reform a communist state, as Gorbachev learned in the late 1980’s.  

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October 29, 2018 at 7:15 am

Sunday’s show: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest:  Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda…...The 2018 midterms are almost here…..The blame game is alive and well from packages sent to Democrats to the terrible shooting in Pittsburgh……….President Obama campaigning and blasting President Trump……….The caravan is getting closer………1886 The Statue of Liberty…..Dodgers vs Red Sox……and other stories……

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2018/10/29/the-week-in-review-with-bill-katz-the-editor-of-urgent-agenda

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October 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm

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